The George Washington University (GW) has set plans in motion to revamp the School of Nursing’s flagship building on the Virginia Science and Technology campus. Renovations are set to begin soon and conclude in summer 2018, adding a communal space for online and graduate students, and a new patient simulation lab.

The new common space will be designed as a place for nursing students to gather, giving them a sense of community on the isolated campus. As a hub for student resources, the new space is expected to promote student engagement and improve campus culture.

Pamela Jeffries, dean of the GW School of Nursing, tells GWHatchet.com, “This investment in our students will hopefully lead to continuous improvement of retention, completion, employment and licensure outcomes.”

GW offers 16 online nursing degree programs. The 303 online nursing students in the nurse practitioner program take their courses off campus but are required to come to campus for academic testing three times throughout the program. The lab expansion will offer new and improved resources for these students.

Renovations to complete the lab expansion will include a new space to simulate patient care including private exam rooms, acute care rooms, and more advanced technology. Distance learning students shouldn’t feel that they are at a disadvantage, and GW Nursing hopes to make these students feel more included as a result of the renovation project.

To learn more about GW Nursing’s renovation plans to create communal student spaces and a simulation lab, visit here.

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